Melissa Feinberg: Be Very Afraid: Emotional Warfare and the Battle over Truth in Cold War East-Central Europe, 1948-1956
Date: 23 March 2015
Time: 11 a.m., c.t.
Venue: seminar room of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (Am Planetarium 7)

Further information can be found in the section Seminar.

Call for Applications: Fellowships 2015/16

The Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena invites applications for fellowships in the academic year 2015/ 16. Fellowships are available for a period up to twelve months. Eligible are noted and established scholars in the history of Eastern Europe or neighboring disciplines with a clear preference for projects focusing on East Central and South Eastern Europe.
Further information can be found in the section Vacancies

Joint Research Project on "Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS" to be launched on 1 January 2015

SS Galizien recruits waiting for head of district (1943) © Muzeum Historyczne Sanok

Press release, 19 December 2014

The Imre Kertész Kolleg is pleased to announce the launch on 1 January 2015 of "Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS: A Cultural History," an international research project supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and conducted jointly by the Imre Kertész Kolleg (IKK) and the School of History at the University College Dublin (UCD). The project will investigate the causes, realities, and consequences of international collaboration within the Waffen-SS, an organization in which hundreds of thousands of non-Germans served either voluntarily or under duress of various kinds. Specifically, the project will investigate cases that have been largely overlooked in the growing literature on perpetrators, including recent studies of Western European or "Germanic" volunteers. The three sub-projects will explore, from a transnational and cultural history perspective, topics as varied as recruitment, individual and collective motivations, participation in war crimes, and the post-war fates of Eastern European SS volunteers, as well as efforts by German leadership to provide a theoretical and practical framework for a fighting force that, when faced with the prospect of defeat in 1943, drafted more and more 'non-Germanic' volunteers into its ranks, despite its racist beliefs.

Please read more about the Project in the section Further Announcements

New Publication: We did not Make it Yet: Imagining the Others and Historical Memory during the Postcommunist Transformation

© Nakladatelství Scriptorium

Stanislav Holubec

Ještě nejsme za vodou: Obrazy druhých a historická paměť v období postkomunistické transformace

Defining one's own history and demarcating one's place in the world are the primary tasks of identity-building for modern nations. Every ethnic community asks these questions: What was our past like, what is our present condition, and what kind of future lies ahead? Who are our neighbours, and what kind of world surrounds us? The monograph offers readers a picture of the collective identity of Czech post-communist society as it emerged in the media in the 1990s. It focuses on two categories in particular-the memory of modern Czech history and the perception of the country's neighbours-and attempt to show how they are interconnected. The second aim of the monograph is to place Czech post-communist identity within the broader framework of identity formation in twentieth-century Czech society. The third aim is to compare Czech representations of the world and of their own history with those of other post-communist countries.

Further information can be found in the section Research Fellow Publications

The Ukrainian Crisis in the European Media and the Public Sphere

Anti-government protest in Kiev; © Sasha Maksymenko; flickr;

The current situation in Ukraine is the subject of an intense discussion in the public sphere and the media across Europe. But what do we know about how our neighbouring countries are reflecting on the crisis, its historical background and its meaning for the relationship between our countries, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union?

We asked historians and sociologists from more than 15 European countries, the US, Israel and Turkey for contributions on the media coverage of and public debates on the Ukrainian crisis in their own countries.

Read more in the section "Cultures of History"